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A husband and wife who recently lost their baby adopt a nine year-old girl who is not nearly as innocent as she claims to be.

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Storyline

Kate and John Coleman are rebuilding their troubled marriage. Kate had a drinking problem, but is in therapy and is doing well. She has been sober for one year. The couple decide to adopt a child. When they meet the nine-year-old Russian girl, Esther, at the St. Marina Orphanage, they immediately fall in love with the well-educated orphan. Their young son, Daniel, is hostile to his new sister; but their deaf daughter, little Max, is enchanted with her - at first. Eventually, Kate begins to feel that Esther is manipulative and possibly even psychologically disturbed. John refuses to listen to his wife's misgivings, and the wounds in their marriage reopen. Kate calls Sister Abigail at the orphanage, and the nun informs her that Esther has a troubled and mysterious history. Kate delves further into Esther's past and discovers she is not all she pretends to be. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Rated R for disturbing violent content, some sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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24 July 2009 (USA)  »

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The Orphan  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$12,871,483 (USA) (24 July 2009)

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$41,573,740 (USA) (2 October 2009)
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Trivia

Isabelle Fuhrman developed an interest in knitting from watching Vera Farmiga pass time on knitting projects during breaks in filming. See more »

Goofs

After the dramatic face-off between Esther and Kate in the icy pond, Esther advances out from under the water, begging Kate to save her and is holding her knife behind her back. However, when Kate kicks Esther back into the pond, the knife disappears from view. See more »

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[first lines]
John Coleman: Hang on. I know. You're doin' so good. You're doin' so good, honey. You all right?
Kate Coleman: Yeah.
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The opening production logos are against black, and are intermittently shown covered with fluorescent paint, as if under a flickering black light. See more »

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References Shrek (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Re-Education (Through Labor)
Written by Brandon Barnes, Zach Blair (as Zachariah Blair), Tim McIlrath (as Timothy Mcilwraith) and Joe Principe (as Joseph Principe)
Performed by Rise Against
Courtesy of Interscope Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Esther is one bad Mother F!
24 July 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

We've seen Orphan many times before (The Bad Seed, The Good Son and, of course, The Omen), yet, somehow, Jaume Collet Serra manages to squeeze something fresh out of an old tale.

There's plenty of shocks and also some laughs and Esther's "secret" is, surprisingly, original.

Orphan doesn't hold a candle to the aforementioned films, but its better than the more recent ones like Joshua (which, coincidentally, Vera Farmiga also starred in, as well as having the same role (mother)).

Don't let the trailer fool you into thinking this is just another "evil kid" movie. Its really much more than that. This is definitely one of the better horror films to come along these days.

My audience loved it, and so did I.


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